Lectionary Selection: Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43
Prayers for South Africa:
Gracious and loving God, our world is horribly broken and wounded. Due to systemic sin that manifests itself in racism, sexism and homophobia, even "saints" are inevitably and often unknowingly "sinners." None of us are without sin, especially as it regards the destruction of your Creation. Yet, your ministry teaches us that all are loved by God and can be reconciled to God. Inspire us not to judge and condemn others to be irredeemable. Equip us not to behave hypocritically. Enable our humility to encourage others to confess their sin and to repent as we have. Remind us through your reconciling presence that you have come to save the lost sinner and not necessarily the self-righteous saint. Empower us to be agents of reconciliation, not division, by recognizing the division within ourselves. Equip us to be conduits of your mercy and forgiveness by offering the gift of salvation to all people and to your Creation. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.
Geneva, 21 June, 2017
‘So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.’ (Isaiah 55:11)
Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) is the representative body that brings together African Independent and Instituted Churches (AICs), offers them a forum for sharing their concerns and hopes, and enables churches to minister effectively to the needs of their members and their communities. There are about 60 million AIC members spread over tens of thousands of AIC denominations across Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora, and the international headquarters is located in Nairobi, Kenya.Read more
LECSA (The Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa) has announced its priorities for the upcoming years, which include maintaining legal protection of church property, upgrading the academic programs at Morija Theological Seminary, and increasing the frequency of leadership workshops offered in local parishes.Read more
Founded in 1905, the United Church of Christ in Mozambique (UCCM) is a Reformed Protestant denomination with headquarters in Beira. The church supports cooperation among different denominations, and therefore prioritizes projects in areas where there is the most need, not focusing solely on areas where their own congregations are located. UCCM provides aid for a wide variety of causes, which in the past have included disaster relief, gender activism, education, and supplying water to residents in areas facing drought conditions.
Currently, UCCM prioritizes new efforts in expanding the Family Development Microcredit Project, launching the Girls’ Education Project, and continuing services offered by the Health Center.Read more
From the 14th to the 21st of May 2017, the Zimbabwe Council of Churches received 10 church leaders and leaders of faith-based organizations from Canada, Denmark, Geneva, Mozambique, Norway, Sweden, and Zambia. The team coming for the ecumenical solidarity visit was led by the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Dr. Olav Fykes Tveit.Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39
Prayers for the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
“Breathe on me, Breadth of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love the way you love, and do what you would do”. (Edwin Hatch, 1878)
Lord, thank you for pouring out your spirit on all who receive it, all over this world. The Holy Spirit is a gift from you sent to help, comfort and guide your church in the ministry of Jesus Christ. We thank you for the freedom that accompanies your Spirit, and for the Spirit of Christ that dwells within us. Holy Spirit, continue to empower our mission of witness and service to all people, to truly exhibit the fruits of the Spirit. And may the sweet communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of us. In the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit…Amen!
Margaret (Peg) Ann Lott MuenstermannRead more
“But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys
that drinks rain from heaven.” (Deuteronomy 11:11)
In the Deuteronomy quote above Moses is describing the Promised Land to the Israelites but the picture he paints easily conjures up Lesotho for me. The mountain areas of the country generally receive more rainfall than the lowlands and often glisten in the sunlight from a recent shower, snowfall or simply moisture seeping out of the ground. I always enjoy being up in the mountains and have been spending more time there thanks to the classroom construction project at Mafa Secondary School. The scenic mountains and valleys you pass through are beautiful at any time of the year. However, if you are the one driving, you have to be very cautious, especially around the curves, as encounters with domestic animals are almost guaranteed as the shepherds move their flocks and herds from place to place.Read more